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Artist of the Month

AOTM August 2016: Drake

Drake is our Artist of the Month for August 2016!



DRAKE’S VIEWS STREAMED OVER 250 MILLION TIMES EXCLUSIVELY ON APPLE MUSIC PREMIUM SERVICE
OVER 1 MILLION ALBUMS SOLD WORLDWIDE ON ITUNES IN LESS THAN SIX DAYS
REACHES #1 ON ITUNES TOP ALBUMS CHART IN OVER 95 COUNTRIES
NEW YORK (May 5, 2016) – GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum artist DRAKE has sold over one million albums of his fourth full-length release — Views [ Young Money / Cash Money  / Republic Records ] in less than six days. Exclusively available on Apple Music’s premium paid service until May 13, the album was also streamed over 250 million times with over 200 million streams in the US alone. VIEWS achieved both of these feats in less than six days solely on one paid platform—Apple Music.
The album, including digital tracks and streaming album equivalents, has crossed the 1 million mark in U.S. sales and nearly 1.2 million globally, and is expected to bow at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 in North America. Upon release last Friday, Views hit #1 on the iTunes Top Albums chart in over 95 countries. 
 The album will be available at all physical and digital download retailers beginning May 6 and will expand to all streaming partners starting May 13.
Ahead of release, OVO Music founder DRAKE met up with Beats 1 anchor Zane Lowe for an extensive interview to discuss the story behind Views, his upcoming tour, The Throne, Rihanna and much more. When asked about ViewsDRAKE said, “This album is probably the most blatant display of being proud of where I’m from.”
Among its 20 tracks, Views boasts the current hits “One Dance” [feat. Wizkid & Kyla]“Pop Style,” and bonus track “Hotline Bling” (all three tracks are available with all digital and streaming partners). Drake premiered “One Dance” and “Pop Style” on his Beats 1 OVO Sound radio show earlier this month.
 “VIEWS” Tracklisting:
1.         Keep The Family Close
2.         9
3.         U With Me?
4.         Feel No Ways
5.         Hype
6.         Weston Road Flows
7.         Redemption
8.         With You (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
9.         Faithful (feat. Pimp C & dvsn)
10.       Still Here
11.       Controlla
12.       One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
13.       Grammys (feat. Future)
14.       Child’s Play
15.       Pop Style
16.       Too Good (feat. Rihanna)
17.       Summers Over Interlude
18.       Fire & Desire
19.       Views
20.       Hotline Bling (Bonus)
 
Biography
Aubrey “Drake” Graham is a Grammy-Award winning, platinum-selling recording artist and multi-faceted entertainer.
Born in Toronto on October 24th, 1986, Drake is the son of Sandi and Dennis Graham, a drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis. His father is African American, a native of Memphis, Tennessee and his mother is Jewish Canadian. Drake’s interest in performing began at an early age. From summers spent with his dad in Memphis, he gained an appreciation and understanding for music that would later influence the sound he would create in years to come.
Since first being recognized for his role on the highly-successful television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, and going on the road with rap star Lil Wayne after hearing Drake’s music in the summer of 2008, Drake has asserted himself as a trailblazer in the creative world. Drake released his mixtape So Far Gone in 2009 and his massive influence in the hip-hop and contemporary music space has commanded the market since, with no end in sight. Drake now holds the record for the most number one hits on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Chart.
As The New York Times Jon Caramanica writes, “So it’s gone with Drake, hip-hop’s current center of gravity, his success a reminder of so many of the victories hip-hop has won in the last couple of decades: the right to be decadent, sure, but also the right to reimagine any style of music, the right to be emotionally complicated, the right to be unusual. He confounds expectations. He raps about soft things, sings about hard things. Thanks to his versatility, he is the glue that binds together all of urban radio.”
Drake has catapulted into stardom not only as an artist, but as a cultural maven with October’s Very Own. Sharing the story of the thriving music scene in Toronto, Drake has built out OVO from a small-scale blog about his crew to an all-encompassing lifestyle brand, including his clothing company, his record label OVOSOUND and his annual OVOFEST.
Drake has reached great heights in recent years and he continues to create and dominate the global market. As Drake says, “It’s about the experience. If the city isn’t talking about it five, six, seven days later, or if people don’t remember it for years to come, then I haven’t done my job…I’m going to find out what comes after this, but there’s definitely another evolution of Drake.”
 

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